3:00pm Thursday, 4 November 2021
4:00pm Thursday, 4 November 2021
Zoom, Australian Capital Territory 2600

A significance assessment is a multi-purpose tool which not only documents the special objects in your collection but can support funding applications, risk assessments, exhibition development and more. In this introductory webinar, special guest Ros Russell, co-author of Significance 2.0, outlines what 'significance' means in the context of museums and collections. Designed especially for volunteer-run and smaller museums, historical societies and cultural organisations, this webinar will cover:

  1. What does 'significance' mean?
  2. What is a significance assessment?
  3. What is the purpose of a significance assessment? What can it be used for? Why is it important? How is it done?
  4. What are the criteria for significance?
  5. Can anyone do a significance assessment? 
  6. Are there any resources to help?

Roslyn Russell has been working with significance assessment since the late 1990s, when she began working with Kylie Winkworth to develop a manual for assessing significance, published by the Heritage Collections Council in 2001, and expanded and revised for the Collections Council of Australia in 2009 as Significance 2.0.

Ros has conducted over 60 significance assessments for museums, art galleries, archives, libraries, historical societies and even an iron foundry. She has conducted training workshops in assessing significance around Australia and also overseas, in Barbados and Fiji, and given online presentations in university courses and international conferences.

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